Junior Boks coach Chean Roux praised his team’s character to secure a 23-23 draw against France U20 in Tbilisi on Wednesday.
No 8 Juarno Augustus scored a try after the hooter, with flyhalf Curwin Bosch slotting the conversion.
'It was nerve-wracking, but I had confidence that we could score in the end,' said Roux. 'I knew that if we get ball possession late in the second half we would convert it into points, just as we did in the first half, because we had very little possession in the second half.
'The players showed tremendous character and that is fantastic in a World Championship.'
Roux singled out the team’s conditioning as one of the main positives in the match.
'We ended on a high note, so I think our superior conditioning pulled us through in the end,' he said.